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Commander implements travel restrictions

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- (Editor's note: The following article is a letter from the 30th Space Wing commander to all military, Department of Defense civilians, contractors, dependents and geographically separated units of the 30th SW.)

As many of you have seen in the media over the past several months, Mexico is affected by both an outbreak of swine flu and an increasing number of acts of extreme violence. Based upon this increase in frequency and violence, as well as the collateral injuries and deaths associated with acts of this nature, I have initiated a Travel Restriction for specific areas within the country of Mexico.

It is important to recognize that random acts of violence do not discriminate with regard to victims. This restriction is designed for your protection. Although most travel throughout Mexico is not prohibited, the 30th SW has developed reasonable policies and procedures that promote safe travel to non-restricted destinations in Mexico. DoD civilian employees, contractors and family members are highly encouraged to follow this restriction for their safety.

The restricted areas are:

Any portion of Mexico located within 50 statute miles south of the U.S.-Mexico border, specifically: Tijuana, Nogales, Ciudad Juarez, Nuevo Laredo, Acuna, Piedras Negras, Reynosa, Matamoras, Las Palomas, Agua Prieta, Naco, Sonoyta, Sasabe, Acapulco and the entire state of Chihuahua.

Acts of violence are unpredictable and may spread rapidly and without warning. Anyone with a desire to travel to Mexico must contact his or her unit antiterrorism monitor and unit security manager. They will provide you with access to sites that are designed to give you as up-to-date information as possible.

It is my intention to reevaluate this restriction in December 2009. Should there be any changes, I will advise you at that time. Questions regarding this restriction should be directed to the wing antiterrorism officers, Mr. Todd Miz at either todd.miz@vandenberg.af.mil or DSN 276-6604, and Mr. Rickie Gable at either rickie.gable@vandenberg.af.mil or DSN 276-6579.